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Welcome To Rockville: 5 Bands You Need to See

Welcome To Rockville Recommendations

I’ve been to this thunderous celebration of hellacious hard rock for each of the past four years.  The festival on the banks of the St. Johns River always features a handful of huge metal bands and five times as many smaller bands on the cusp.  There’s definitely something for everyone blaring on one of the Welcome To Rockville stages at any time, but here are five bands that everyone should check out.

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This Summer’s Can’t Miss Rock Concerts

The Best Rock Bands Touring This Summer

A RARAsFarm look at a dozen “Can’t Miss” rock bands touring this summer.

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As we leap into June, and the dog days of summer, I took a look at the best live acts on the road today. There were many killer rock acts to choose from, including a few bands we have not previously seen, but we decided to limit the list to a dozen acts that we can personally vouch for as guaranteed to deliver a great rock ‘n roll music experience.

Here you go – twelve bands from very different rock music genres, but all twelve linked together as the top dozen live rock artists touring this summer; a dozen bands who put on a fantastic show every time they hit the stage.

I list them here in alphabetical order, but every one of these acts delivers a killer show every night, and they are all absolutely worth seeing.

Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees at HOB Orlando
Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees at HOB Orlando. Photo: rarasfarm.com

Frank Turner Concert photo Big Ticket
Frank Turner and the Tour Flag that traveled the country.

Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim at Coastline Festival
Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim at Coastline Festival
Neon Trees Photos Frank Turner Photos Matt & Kim Photos

 

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl is one of the most dynamic front men around, and he’s got one hell of a catalogue of songs to play. The Foo Fighters are playing a bunch of stadiums on this tour, but I’d recommend one of their more intimate arena stops if you can swing it Tour Dates  |
Frank Turner He just might be the best storyteller gracing the rock ‘n roll landscape today.  Every show is a diverse, eclectic collection of wonderful songs from the punk rock icon turned rock ‘n roll troubadour.  (Read our review) Tour Dates | Review
Matt And Kim Surely the most pop-infused artist on our list, but this talented couple dish out fun danceable rock music that is guaranteed to keep you moving. Matt Johnson on keys and drummer Kim Johnson are energetic, athletic, and fun to watch. Tour Dates  |  Review
Neon Trees They’ve had a few big hits, but these talented Alt-rockers truly shine during their killer stage shows, and the spotlight shines brightest on charismatic frontman Tyler Glenn who is one of the best live performers on the rock landscape today. Tour Dates  |  Review
New Politics Energetic Danish pop-punk that translates perfectly in their powerful live show.  Acrobatic lead singer David Boyd flies around the stage, often sings from amidst the crowd and is guaranteed to deliver at least one headstand each show. Tour Dates  |  Review
Nothing More Industrial hard rock out of Texas with a very unique twist. This quartet does a lot of fun and dishes out unique stuff on stage, always delivering an entertaining and loud show. As an added bonus, they are touring with another great live act, Shinedown Tour Dates  |  Review
Of Monsters And Men One of the more mellow rock acts on the list, but the folksy Icelandic quintet always deliver a tight performance and sound perfect. Their unique blend of Indie rock is a joy to listen to and they pour out creative boy/girl rock onstage. Tour Dates  |  Review
Paul McCartney Sir Paul does not tour much, but when he does, it’s “Can’t Miss” rock personified. He is rock ‘n roll royalty, and in his 70’s, still delivers an amazing show every night. Three plus hours of engaging music from the greatest catalog ever and he still glides effortlessly through all of the offerings. Tour Dates  |  Review
Radkey  Three young brothers who know how to rock. They’ve got a unique garage rock sound tinted with clear punk stylings. This trio is uber-talented despite the fact their average age is under twenty. Catch them now while they are still playing smaller venues. Tour Dates  |  Review
Rolling Stones  You may have heard of these young guns out of England? They’re celebrating 50+ years of touring together and still boast the same line-up that first appeared 40 years ago! These guys are timeless and still deliver a great rock ‘n roll experience every time they storm the stage. Tour Dates  |
Super Bob  This Virginia quartet work their asses off; touring constantly and pouring themselves into every show.  Frontman Matt Santoro is a fantastic entertainer, paired with three other maniacs who love playing live. Their blend of dancey hard rock is a guaranteed good time for any rock music fan. Tour Dates  |  Review
21 Pilots  Hip hop meets alt-rock, and this duo have created a fantastic niche in the rock landscape.  Aside from delivering catchy addictive music, these two guys fly around the stage and always deliver an engaging, interactive show. Tour Dates  |  Review

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Tyler Joseph Twenty One Pilots Big Ticket
Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots at The Big Ticket
Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando
Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando
Nothing More at Welcome To Rockville
Nothing More at Welcome To Rockville
21 Pilots Photos Super Bob Photos Nothing More Photos

 

Rock On!
Cretin

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Welcome To Rockville Day 2 Tips

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Rockville Day 2 Tips

If you are headed out to Welcome To Rockville with your tickets in hand, here are a few quick tips to help you enjoy Day 2 of this explosive festival.

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First, if you don’t have tickets, don’t waste your time. The Festival is Sold Out today.

The weather was unexpectedly nasty yesterday for Day 1. It is supposed to be decent today, but it never hurts to bring a rain poncho. If it rains hard, the best place for shelter was under the highway overpass. They also opened VIP for everyone when that happened yesterday, which was a smart safety move, but also a nice way to keep everyone around bathrooms, food and drinks.

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Park in the Everbank Stadium lot. It’s $20, and by far the closest spot, as the new entrance is very close to the stadium.

There is food everywhere, and just about anything you want is being served somewhere. The lines over by the Jagermeister stage were shorter for both food and drinks. I’d highly recommend the Island Noodles by the Monster Stage – long lines, though, so get there early.

Plan to walk a lot, as the new set-up is spread over a much larger area.  It’s worth the walk though, as the sound is so much better.  Think about the shoes you want to wear – it was very muddy yesterday, and probably will be again today with any kind of rain.

Off to the side of the permanent restrooms are a few benches if you want to take a load off, there are also a few water fountains if you want to save a few bucks and refill your water bottles.

There are a slew of autograph signings throughout the venue.  Check out the various tents and make sure you do not miss your favorites.

Finally – a few recommended shows:

  • Butcher Babies – ReverbNation Stage at 2:35
  • Slash with Myles Kennedy – Jack Daniels Stage at 5:40
  • Godsmack – Jack Daniels Stage at 7:30
  • Young Guns – Jack Daniels Stage at 1:00

And, DO NOT MISS the Mystery Guest: Nothing More hits the Monster Energy MainStage at 1:40 and they are amazing live!

Rock On!

 

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Welcome To Rockville Band Recaps

Welcome To Rockville Crowd Surfing
Welcome To Rockville Crowd Surfing

(Our band photos from the festival are provided after each band’s recap)

Before I get into my capsule band reviews, let me remind you of a few things. There were two bands playing at a time, virtually all the time, so by default, I missed half the artists. I also was backstage interviewing from time-to-time, so I  missed a few other bands. Basically, if I missed your favorite act, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

If you are interested, here’s my overall Festival Recap: Welcome To Rockville, and HappyJack’s in-depth review of Hellyeah: Ex-Pantera Members Rock Jacksonville.

These bands are listed in the order that I saw them:

Saturday

  • Rev Theory – The crowd and I were really into “Hell Yeah,” but truthfully, the rest of the set was kind of mediocre.
  • Middle Class Rut – Two talented musicians, but still, just two guys! Hard to believe with the sound they pumped out but they filled the air with powerful, hard driving alt-rock, and drummer Sean Stockham was one of the highlights of the day. Middle Class Rut Photos
Middle Class Rut at Welcome To Rockville
Middle Class Rut at Welcome To Rockville
  • Monster Truck – was not familiar with this soulful foursome at all. I assumed they were a big Texas rock band based on their guitar driven southern sound. I was wrong, these guys hail from Hamilton Ontario, but they’ve got a sound big enough for Texas. Monster Truck Photos
  • Adelitas Way – Lead singer Rick DeJesus had tremendous rapport with the crowd and quickly had them at a fever pitch. At one time, he directed the fans to keep crowd surfing stageside where he jumped down to greet them. He joked that the Security crew wasn’t going to be happy. Yeah, no shit. He nailed that one, as a tidal wave of fans surfed to the stage front. He and his mates sounded great and put on a killer show, but he was a bit of an ass for putting the fans and Security crew at risk when the surfing escalated out of control. Adelitas Way Photos
  • Evergreen Terrace – They killed it. I don’t love their music, but I was about the only one in the crowd who didn’t. Local boys definitely on the brink of bigger things. Front man Andrew Carey sang the closer from amidst the crowd.  Cool stuff. Evergreen Terrace Photos
  • Chiodos – These midwest rockers offered up engaging alt-rock with a gritty hard edge. The band has reunited and sounded sharp. They offered one of our favorite lines of the festival: “You’re all hot and sweaty, and not even with your own sweat; but that’s rock n roll.” Indeed it is. Chiodos Photos
  • Smile Empty Soul – Hard to believe these guys have already been around for 15 years.  Their grunge infused rock sounded great in a set nicely book-ended by their early hit “Bottom Of The Bottle” and their strong new release “Chemicals.” We caught up with drummer Jake Kilmer afterwards and will be sharing that interview shortly on this website. (So Follow / Like for alerts) Smile Empty Soul Photos
  • Alter Bridge – As good as the first group of bands were, they just kicked the talent up a notch. Two uber-talented guitarists, Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti absolutely lit the stage up; and Kennedy also offered up what might have been the best vocals of the day. Their thirty minute set was damn near perfect. I liked hearing the band express their appreciation for the active, engaged crowd, despite the fact that they took the stage at the sweltering worst time of the day. Alter Bridge Photos
Alter Bridge at Welcome To Rockville.
Alter Bridge at Welcome To Rockville.
  • Volbeat – Love their music, but had never seen these Danish rockers perform live.  They’re making some of the most intriguing hard rock gracing the airwaves these days and it translated great on the big stage, as they were my Top Artist of Welcome To Rockville. Front man Michael Poulsen’s voice was distinctive and powerful and he humorously interacted with the crowd throughout the set.  The entire band sounded fantastic, and dual lead guitars from Poulsen and Rob Caggiano stole the show. They also offered a campy Johnny Cash cover that had the crowd singing along. Volbeat Photos
  • Cult – The first time I saw Cult, they opened for Billy Idol in the mid-eighties. I love their music and their album Love is one of my personal Top 10 ever.  But, quite frankly, they still are weak live. I just get the feeling there’s someplace (anyplace) that Ian Astbury would rather be, and even Billy Duffy and his band mates could care less.
  • We Came As Romans – I heard they were a talented band with a unique approach to their rock music, but was surprised by how good this band sounded. Their mix of hardcore metal and sweet pop worked perfectly. The crowd loved them and these guys are destined to continue their ascent up the rock music charts.  The vocal trade-offs between Kyle Pavone and David Stephens was one of the highlights from the entire Festival.  I need to catch this band performing a full set soon. We Came As Romans Photos
  • Avenged Sevenfold closed night one with a big arena set, plenty of effects and pyro, and they were smoking. Why the heck they closed the show at the smaller of the two stages, I will never understand. Unfortunately I watched from somewhere just north of St. Augustine but there’s no denying they nailed their set and closed night one mightily.

Sunday

  • Within Reason – These guys kicked off Day 2 of Welcome To Rockville, after doing the same thing the night before in Ft. Myers. The quartet from Alabama are doing there own thing on this tour and with their new album and it seems to be working great as their tight set was packed with excellent active rock ‘n roll. A great way to start the day! (We’ll have a full band interview in the next few weeks so make sure you Follow for updates). Within Reason Photos
  • The Pretty Reckless – Well, Taylor Momsen was “Pretty” but their music was just plain bland.  I was bored.
  • Sick Puppies – This talented trio brought it from Down Under to the Monster Energy Fire Museum stage and put on a nice Alt-Rock set. Shimon Moore sounded great and had the crowd’s apt attention and as they raced through an engaging set.  Female bass player Emma Anzai was one of the few females gracing a stage this weekend and without a doubt, the most memorable, as she delivered a great performance bouncing all over the stage. Sick Puppies Photos
Sick Puppies at Welcome To Rockville
Sick Puppies at Welcome To Rockville.
  • Nothing More – For the second straight festival, Nothing More, a talented quartet out of San Antonio stole the show. They play gritty addictive hard rock that had the crowd engaged throughout. Still, as good as the music is, it is blown away by their stage show. Every band member is a consummate performer, and their theatrics on the stage were unparalleled all weekend. A spinning elevated bass, four drum kits and a whole lot more. Trust us these guys put on one hell of a show and are a can’t miss act. Nothing More Photos
  • Black Label Society – Another band that just didn’t really do it for me.  They had a big passionate crowd, and the guitar work from Zakk Wylde and crew was solid, but nothing really stood out about their set, so I left early to see…
  • Lacuna Coil – caught the end of their set, and quickly wished I had seen the whole thing. Goth metal with underlying catchy melodies.   Christina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro nicely traded off girl-boy lead vocals and sounded strong. Lacuna Coil Photos
Lacuna Coil at Welcome To Rockville
Lacuna Coil at Welcome To Rockville.
  • Theory Of A Deadman were the first band we saw at the featured Metropolitan Park stage, and they commanded the crowd’s attention, with lead singer Tyler Connolly by far the most entertaining front man of the event. He played a fun brief “Sweet Home Florida” and before “Bitch Came Back,” introduced it as a song for the ladies. The band absolutely killed it. Theory Of A Deadman Photos
  • Seether sounded good, but quite frankly did not live up to my expectations – a decent set, but not the “Can’t Miss” band I expected. Their closing song, “Remedy” did not suck, however 🙂
  • Staind – Aaron Lewis was at the opposite end of the spectrum, his voice was fantastic and Staind sounded damn near perfect. They had the singalong set of the night, too. “Now,” “Outside,” “Something To Remind You,” and “It’s Been Awhile” had the crowd singing in unison back to back… Staind Photos
Rob Zombie at Welcome To Rockville
Rob Zombie at Welcome To Rockville
  • Rob Zombie – Unfortunately, we knew we were going to miss Korn, so this was our last act of the weekend. Thankfully Zombie and his band killed it.  The stage was a sight to behold, covered in muted eerie images, and Zombie and the band fit in perfectly.  They opened with a rousing version of “American Band” and kept the energy going for a fun and powerful set.  Zombie was a theatrical front man who put on a killer show. Rob Zombie Photos

All told, it was two days of obscenely sweaty, loud and aggressive rock ‘n roll, and one hell of a good time.

We have hundreds of photos coming in the next 24 hours, which we will share via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you were there, who were your favorite acts?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Rock On!
Cretin

Welcome To Rockville Festival Recap

Volbeat live at Welcome To Rockville
Volbeat live at Welcome To Rockville

Welcome to Rockville Blows Away Jacksonville

Please take a quick moment to read this first: We have a slew of Welcome To Rockville coverage headed your way this week, including a band by band recap tomorrow, features on several bands we were able to chat with and literally hundreds of photos.  Take a minute now to Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram and Like Us on Facebook to assure you don’t miss any of it!

It was a battle worth fighting for.

As I headed to my favorite local parking spot, I was immediately greeted with a disarming “Lot Full” and I was early!  By the time I hit the Monster Museum Fire Energy stage around noon, the rabid crowd gathered for Rev Theory already numbered in the thousands. From their first powerful notes, there was electricity in the sweltering air, and the show was most definitely on.

The powerful quintet had the crowd in the palm of their hands and quickly set the bar for the dozens of acts to follow.  But before we dive into the music, let’s set the stage, errr stages.

This venue is the perfect place for events like this; the grounds had ample room for the FOUR stages spread across the property, and the layout and logistics were damn near perfect, with little to no bleed over from one stage to another, and with the copious wattage the towers of speakers was pouring out, that’s one hell of a feat.

The basic setup was that the one large stage at each end rotated acts, while simultaneously the smaller stages at each end played.  You get the drift, there was a crap load  of excellent hard rock constantly.  Due to the broad spectrum of bands, and the healthy walk between stages, I tried to see as many acts as possible, meaning I typically caught a few songs and moved along. All told, I saw parts of or full sets from thirty different artists, and honestly, there were precious few who did not impress.

The Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage featured bands with a bit more of an Alt-Rock feel, while the Fire Energy Stage highlighted bands with a harder edge.  Both stages, as well as the side stages, offered a truly diverse rock music experience.

Avenged Sevenfold and Korn were headliners their respective nights and offered up powerful explosive sets.  They delivered exactly what the crowd so passionately desired, but they had plenty of company.

I’ll share a few of my highlights here, but make sure you check back later this week for our band-by-band wrap-up. Volbeat and Rob Zombie were hugely popular and drew big crowds of both fans and fellow performers for their sets.  Volbeat was the top act of day one and lived up to their excellent reputation and as a top live act.

On the Sold Out second day, I was impressed by the performance from Staind, certainly the most well received artist of the festival and the act who invoked the most sing-along moments.  A rising artist that impressed again was Nothing More, a foursome from San Antonio who but on a spectacular show.

A few of the other acts who really shined included Adelitas Way, Within Reason, the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold, Theory of a Deadman, Rob Zombie and Sick Puppies.

The only letdown for me was Cult.  I hadn’t seen the band in 25 years, and despite the fact that I absolutely love their music, their set was just drab.  Ian Astbury seemed a bit pretentious and never really bonded with the crowd.

Other observations:

  • Fewer speakers more decibels – I continue to be amazed at how small the speaker towers have gotten, and how much better the sound has gotten. Impressive!
  • Commercials – Movie trailers at concerts? Hey; if it defrays some of the cost, I’m cool.
  • ADA viewing areas – Loved seeing these strategically placed platforms for the disabled, and appreciated the security who kicked out the scumbags sneaking up there on Saturday.
  • The staff – Folks are always good at the Metropolitan Park venue – friendly, helpful and abundant help.  The media team with the festival was top-notch, too!
  • Better clean up – They actually did a good job cleaning up a bit throughout the day.
  • Water hoses – Loved the Staff spraying down the scorched fans in the pits
  • Not much public water – finding a water fountain was way too difficult
  • Boobies and Boo boos – I’ve never seen as many flashers at a festival as I did at this show, made for some entertaining times between sets.  On the flip side, I saw a large number of crowd surfers take nasty spills, and more than a handful who needed immediate medical attention. Scary…
Crowd surfing at Welcome To Rockville Festival
Crowd surfing at Welcome To Rockville Festival

All told, it was nothing short of spectacular. The acts were excellent, the crowds passionate and involved, and everything was perfectly arranged.

It seems as though the festival was at risk due to city noise ordinances, but Mayor Brown, who made an on-stage guest appearance, was an advocate who apparently helped seal the deal.  Based on the success this year, I can’t imagine that the festival isn’t back again next year, and maybe even a bit bigger and louder.

Rock On!
Cretin

Welcome To Rockville Set Times and Recommendations

Welcome To Rockville Schedule Released

Well, the set times are out for the area’s primo Rock ‘n Roll festival, Welcome To Rockville.  The line-up is basically a “Who’s Who” of today’s hottest hard rock acts.  The full schedule follows, including our choices for the can’t miss artists performing April 26th and 27th at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park.

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You can check out our Festival Preview here: Welcome To Rockville

Here’s your key to the schedule and our recommendations:

RARA’s Prime – These artists are “Can’t Miss”
RARA’s Choice – These artists are highly recommended

Saturday, April 26

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

11:15 AM         Digital Summer
12:30 PM         Rev Theory    RARA’s Choice
2:00 PM           Adelitas Way    RARA’s Choice
3:30 PM           Hellyeah
5:15 PM           Chevelle
7:15 PM           A Day To Remember    RARA’s Choice
9:40 PM           Avenged Sevenfold    RARA’s Prime

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

11:45 PM         Gemini Syndrome
1:15 PM           Middle Class Rut
2:45 PM           Chiodos
4:15 PM           Alter Bridge    RARA’s Choice
6:15 PM           Volbeat    RARA’s Prime
8:20 PM           The Cult

Jägermeister Stage

11:15 AM         World Gone
12:30 PM         Silvertung (Jägermeister Band)
2:00 PM           Evergreen Terrace
3:30 PM           Smile Empty Soul
5:15 PM           Memphis May Fire
7:15 PM           We Came As Romans    RARA’s Choice

Ernie Ball Stage

11:45 AM         Cathercist (Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner)
1:15 PM           Monster Truck
2:45 PM           We As Human
4:15 PM           Devour The Day
6:15 PM           Fozzy    RARA’s Choice

Sunday, April 27

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

Noon                Within Reason
1:15 PM           Sick Puppies    RARA’s Choice
2:35 PM           Black Label Society
4:15 PM           Seether    RARA’s Prime
6:25 PM           Five Finger Death Punch
8:50 PM           Korn     RARA’s Choice

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

12:35 PM         The Pretty Reckless     RARA’s Choice
1:55 PM           Black Stone Cherry     RARA’s Choice
3:25 PM           Theory of a Deadman
5:15 PM           Staind
7:35 PM           Rob Zombie      RARA’s Choice

Jägermeister Stage

Noon                Ghost Of War (Jägermeister Band)
1:15 PM           Kyng
2:35 PM           Lacuna Coil
4:15 PM           Emmure
6:25 PM           Motionless In White

Ernie Ball Stage

12:35 PM         Twelve Foot Ninja
1:55 PM           Nothing More    RARA’s Prime
3:25 PM           Butcher Babies
5:15 PM           Trivium

Jacksonville is About to Become Rockville

Welcome To Rockville, Florida!

Florida rock fans are in for a tremendous rock ‘n roll experience this April, when The Welcome To Rockville Festival comes storming through the city previously known as Jacksonville.

The festival boasts one of the best hard rock line-ups in the country (see the bands below) with an all-star line-up of diverse hard-rocking acts coming to Metropolita Park on April 26th and 27th.  Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are the featured headliners on their respective evenings, but they have plenty of impressive company throughout the two days.

The Saturday line-up features two veteran hard rock acts near and dear to our heart, Motorhead and The Cult, as well as two acts featured in our 2013 Albums of the Year edition, Avenged Sevenfold and our featured act of Day 1, Volbeat.  Aside from those four powerhouse acts, we highly recommend checking out Sacramento rockers Middle Class Rut, a dynamic dup who always put on a great show.

Day 2, Sunday the 27th offers another killer day of rock, with an even more impressive line-up.  Korn, Staind, Rob Zombie, Theory of A Deadman and our featured act of Day 2, Five Finger Death Punch are the highlights, but there’s plenty more.  Seether is a great live act, and RARA’s Farm favorite Sick Puppies are another act to catch.

Of the thirty plus bands invading Jacksonville for this huge event, our “Can’t Miss Artist” of the festival is Nothing More.  This quartet from Texas are an extremely promising band and a blast to watch. Their explosive rock is creative and distinctive and their stage show is absolutely fantastic.

Check out the full line-up here: Welcome To Rockville Artists

The Metropolitan Park venue is one very familiar to RARA’s Farm and one of the best festival grounds in the state.

Tickets are on sale now.

Here are the RARA’s Farm favorites in the line-up:

Saturday

Avenged Sevenfold
The Cult
Motorhead
Volbeat
Chevelle
Alterbridge
Hell Yeah
Adelitas Way
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Rev Theory
We As Human
Fozzy
Smile Empty Soul
Devour the Day
Sunday

Korn
Five Finger Death Punch
Rob Zombie
Staind
Theory of a Deadman
Seether
Black Stone Cherry
Sick Puppies
Nothing More
Skindred
Lacuna Coil
Twelve Foot Ninjas
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Rock On!
Cretin

Best of The Big Ticket

The Best of The Big Ticket Festival

It’s been 5 days since this year’s version of The Big Ticket hit Jacksonville and I figured it was a good time to reminisce a bit.

This year’s event was year four of X102.9’s annual pilgrimage for Florida’s alt-rock nation; and there are rumors that changes in city ordinances could make it the last.  Hopefully, it’s the typical local news’ blown-out-of-proportion, attention grabbing crap that dominates so many newscasts these days, because this festival is an important event for we local Rock And Roll Animals at RARA’s Farm.

So, some thoughts this year:

Best Act: There were some great sets: Frank Turner, A Day To Remember, The 1975, but everything else paled in comparison to Twenty One Pilots.  This energetic, frenetic duo spent more time in the crowd than on the solid footing of the stage, sounded great, interacted with the crowd, and have clearly grown as artists since last year, when they were, um, the Best Act… Yup, two years in a row…(Check out our review of the 2012 Big Ticket here)

Best Song: “It’s Complicated” A Day To Remember. The crowd was already ratcheted up for these Ocala natives who were tearing through a powerful set. Then, they were pushed over the edge when lead singer Jeremy McKinnon crawled inside a big ball and sang this one from inside the ball, as the crowd bounced him around the park.  Pretty damn cool!

Best Setlist: Lots of great songs and creative selections throughout the day, but lets nod the head to Jimmy Eat World. Every song was good, plenty of hits, and they threw in “Last Christmas,” the only holiday song during the day.

Best New Artist: (New to me anyway) – I really enjoyed Nothing More. Quite frankly, their music is a little rougher than my normal preference, but I liked their sound, and loved their stage show. Every band member of this foursome out of San Antonio made the same kind of impression this year that Twenty One Pilots made last year. Entertaining band…

Hottest Chick in a band: Incomplete. We saw seventeen bands throughout the day and every single performer had a Y chromosome. Apparently all of the talented Alt-Rock women were in the area earlier this year at the Coastline Festival.

Best Topless Moment: Nope, not what you think. In fact, I didn’t see any female breasts, but think there were at least five lead singers who performed at least part of their set topless. We saw shirtless performers from Pepper, The 1975, Black Bottom Lighters, Twenty One Pilots and our winner Frank Turner. Why him? Because after 60 plus shows, his shirt was grimier than the sheets at an hourly motel, and it needed to go…

Frank Turner Concert photo Big Ticket
Frank Turner and the Tour Flag that traveled the country.

Most Engaging Performer: Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull offered up some funny one liners, but this is Frank Turner’s specialty. He was funny, engaging and entertaining throughout his set, and his lyrics were witty and creative. He’s also a great storyteller and I loved hearing the recap of the Tour banner that a fan brought to a show in Cleveland and henceforth has somehow managed, with no help from the band, to be at every show on the tour.

Best Food: I have no clue, but the funnel cake sucked and the $7 hot dog was worse. The pizza, at least, was edible. Let’s give this one to Monster, not only because it was free, but I actually liked the taste of their Rehab offering.

That’s it for me.  What did I miss?  Let me know in the comments below.

For a full recap of the day, visit the RARA’s Farm 2013 Big Ticket Festival Recap.

Rock On!
Cretin